Minister And PM At Odds Over Global Ports Deal

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Former Education Minister Michael Browne (2018 File Photo)

Prime Minister, Gaston Browne called Education Minister, Michael Browne’s concerns over the government’s deal with Global Ports nonsense.

The Education Minister wrote a letter to Cabinet some time ago outlining his concerns.

The document was reportedly rejected, and the Minister was asked to give a verbal presentation of his concerns to his colleagues.

“When he was actually presenting the paper verbally, we were able to point out, certainly I was chairing the meeting, I said to him that he wasn’t making any sense in the sense that you can’t just look at how much monies, how much revenue Global Ports would be generating and not look at the other hand, the expenses associated with the generation of those sales”, Prime Minster Browne told state media.

“We allow opinions, diverse opinions to thrive within the Cabinet so I hold no ill will towards him but at the same time I have an obligation to speak to the fact that his document was extremely flawed”, he added.

“His document suggested that, you know, we were moving away from our core philosophy of empowering the people and we’re selling out. Utter nonsense! First of all, we never sold anything, the port facilities remain in the ownership of the Government and People of Antigua & Barbuda”, the Prime Minister explained.

“Another area that he spoke about, for example, as I recall, it was an issue of a reverse mortgage. In fact, the analogy was just so inappropriate”, he asserted.

“The reality is, the Minister, I mean he is a smart young man, he is a trained mind, obviously and intellectual, but I have to tell you insofar as finance is concerned, he’s an intellectual novice”, Prime Minister Browne concluded.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. As long as to steal from poor people money u cant meet good curst will follow u …gaston investigate this g y punk now he will cost alp the next election

  2. So they cut his a..se in cabinet and now Watts cut his a..se in parliament. It’s not easy staying on the enrichment gravy train.

    • Why is it so hard for you to deal with the message? Is the PM wrong that expenses would need to be considered and not simply revenue? Clearly he is right. Is the global port deal akin to a reverse mortgage?

      “A reverse mortgage is a loan for seniors age 62 and older. HECM reverse mortgage loans are insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA)1 and allow homeowners to convert their home equity into cash with no monthly mortgage payments…The loan does not generally have to be repaid until 6 months after the last surviving homeowner moves out of the property or passes away. At that time, the estate typically sells the home to repay the balance of the reverse mortgage and the heirs receive any remaining equity. The estate is not personally liable for any additional mortgage debt if the home sells for less than the payoff amount of the reverse mortgage loan.” see https://reverse.org/what-is-a-reverse-mortgage/ .

      Clearly we are talking apples and oranges since the ownership of the cruise port stays with government. Look you don’t like Gaston and probably only start claiming you liked VC after he died. Think its safe to conclude Gaston can count on your “respect” after he is laid to rest
      hence no longer a threat politically to the people you really support

  3. This Minister is a liability to the Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party and the Prime Minister need to quickly clip his wings…the sooner, the better. Firstly the ebook scandal then this. Giving the opposition so much ammunition for the next election. Come on Mr PM. Act fast!

    • AB’s WERE WARNED ABOUT REJECTING THE BEACHES PROJECT WAS IN GASTON FAVOR. SO SAID SO FONE, HIS SON ENDED UP WITH THE LAND. HE FLIPPED THE LAND FOR MILLIONS THEN IMMEDIATELY RAN TO FLORIDA WHERE HE BOUGHT A MILLION DOLLAR PROPERTY THERE. FOUR YEARS AGO THIS KID WAS APPARENTLY BROKE & COULDN’T AFFORD HIS OWN FUNDING FOR COLLEGE, SO HIS FATHER SECURED SAID FUNDING FROM A&B EDUCATION FUNDS BUT NOW LESS THAN FOUR YEARS AFTER HES NOW DECLARED A MILLIONAIRE BY HIS PM FATHER. A&B PEOPLE TAKE HEED, GLP PROJECT IS A COMING PIGGY BANK FOR YR PM.

  4. gaston is a nastiness .. just like what Ivena say .. no wonder the song bother him so much … so na bady have an opinion … the GPH deal is a sell out and what Michael wrote was spot on … ur a nastiness gastonnn…. you are a fraud … talking bout people a intellectual novice.. not more than u … ur a dunce ,.. u know no finance , u dont know anything but to go on your radio station and run off ur mouth and acting like your some sort of world boss .. just give ma an aspirin … u have no respect for anyone and these fools that follow you, i feel so sorry for them … actually some a them no better but because they singing for they super they follow … waste people you call them .. they only see color not country and what your doing with global ports is wrong … 80 mill and change and u call that money… and what they making in return is out of this world .. might as well u borrow that money and do your own thing instead of going through them .. now they go borrow the same money lol what a thing … you good sir gaston brown is a intellectual dunce …

  5. all this pm good for is name calling. Micheal never claim to be a finance wiz kid. He made other claims but thats a different story. The current pm presided over a 100 million surplus in one year and then turn that into a 400 million deficit the following year. Harold lovell is a lawyer and was a better finance minister. He had no CIP and got a financial meltdown to contend with. The pm flawed logic would suggest only a Dr could run the hospital.

  6. Michael Browne may be a lot of things including not averse to following the “family” trend and enriching himself, BUT, he is far more educated and did a brilliant job with his presentation which was well laid out, easy to understand and contained charts to demonstrate his points…Those with the lesser education should have had no problem understanding the very valid points MB made but one would have to assume this presentation to Cabinet besides being factual just did not suit the PM’s ridiculous giveaway to GPH.

  7. Wow! Michael Brown disappoints me AGAIN? WHY? A closet , compromised or unfinished …?
    I want to know, based on some previous comments, when an individual is a member of a political party, runs in an elections, wins and that individual and his party form the government, does that person now becomes opinion less in parliament, voiceless and a yes man?
    If so, why bother with elections?
    To allow a few to ‘enrich themselves’ and do as they like?
    Poor Antigua!.

  8. Micheal Brown let me down again. I wonder why?
    Money, free ride and power more important than your name, integrity?
    At burial, the only thing that returns is your name. Let it be good

  9. I’m confused how could A Reverse Mortgage be liken to Global Ports?
    The owner / s live out their lives without paying a cent
    However at their Expirations who ever the property is given must face the music of paying up or they will be left in the cold
    Please tell me how can we compare these two entities?
    Who will be paying whom out A Default occurs ?
    Please correct me I need clarity

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